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And The Winner Is...

Many observers have declared that last week marked the death of Egypt’s democratic transition. First, there was the dissolution of an elected Parliament, ordered by a court and enforced by the army. Then, an arbitrary military decree gave the ruling generals control over the new constitution and restricted the ...  Read More »

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Egypt Media Roundup (June 25)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Egypt and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Egypt Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to egypt@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every ...  Read More »

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Elections Commission: Morsy is President

The Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsy will be Egypt’s next president, the Presidential Elections Commission (PEC) announced on Sunday. Morsy will be Egypt's first civilian president since the foundation of the modern republic. Morsy took 51.73 percent of the vote, compared to Ahmed Shafiq's 48.27 percent, ...  Read More »

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Shafiq Supporters Demonstrate Against Brotherhood

Tens of  thousands of supporters of presidential hopeful Ahmed Shafiq gathered in Nasr City on Saturday, one day before the election results are expected to be announced, chanting against the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate, Mohamed Mursi, Shafiq’s runoff rival.  Protesters, holding aloft banners branded ...  Read More »

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Elections Commission to Announce Presidential Poll Result on Sunday at Three Pm

The results of the presidential election will be announced on Sunday at three pm, Presidential Elections Commission Secretary General Hatem Bagato said Saturday. Bagato said in a statement that Farouk Sultan, head of the PEC, will be the person who will announce the result at a press conference on ...  Read More »

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A Deal Could Be Reached to End Current Confrontation: SCAF, Brotherhood Sources

Sources close to both the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) and the Muslim Brotherhood confirmed the two sides were heavily engaged in high-level talks that could produce "a political deal", which is likely to include announcing the Brotherhood's Mohamed Mursi Egypt's president ...  Read More »

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Recalling the Past: The Battle over History, Collective Memory and Memorialization in Egypt

History is inescapable in Egypt. Foreign tourists drawn to the abundant physical remains of Coptic, Pharaonic, Hellenic, and Islamic cultures are reminded of the contemporary past as they head downtown from the Cairo airport past the triumphant October War Panorama, a war museum commemorating the 1973 war with fighter ...  Read More »

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Islamists Dominate Tahrir Sit-In Against SCAF

A few thousand people from across Egypt responded to the Muslim Brotherhood’s call for a sit-in and protest in Tahrir Square today, though numbers were low compared to the major protests the epicenter of the revolution has witnessed in its history, and comprised mainly of Islamists, despite calls for a united front ...  Read More »

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Shafiq To Be Named President on Sunday, Claim Govt Sources

Egypt's electoral body is set to announce Ahmed Shafiq as the country's new president on Sunday evening, several government sources claimed. Western diplomats in Cairo also said they have heard similar predictions from Cabinet members over the last three days. A source in the current government said that Shafiq will ...  Read More »

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الشرعية الثورية: كيف تحل مكان شرعية القضاء والدستور؟

برز مفهوم الشرعية الثورية في الأيام الأولى للثورات العربية كتعبير عن إرادة شعبية موحّدة أو شبة موحّدة لأسقاط الأنظمة القائمة، بما فيها دساتير تلك الأنظمة وأي قانون يعترض طريق الثورة. والغريب في الأمر هو أنه رغم القبول العام لهذا المبدأ في فترة بداية الثورة، فقد دخل إلى حيّز النسيان بعد مراحلها الأولى، وتم استبداله ...  Read More »

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ملاحظات أولية حول الإعلان الدستوري المكمل

حسب المادة ٦٠ مكرر من الدستور المصري النافذ بعد أن أصدر المجلس الأعلى للقوات المسلحة الإعلان الدستوري المكمل بتاريخ ١٧ يونيو/حزيران ٢٠١٢، فإن الجمعية التأسيسية ستكون مكلّفة بصياغة الدستور ولكن ضمن قيود موضوعية.  تحديداً فإن الجمعية التأسيسية، دائماً وفقاً لنص المادة ٦٠ مكرر، لن تكون قادرة على طرح ...  Read More »

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Egyptian Military Source: 'SCAF Won't Let Brotherhood Seize Power'

A military source who spoke to Ahram Online on condition of anonymity spelt out the ruling military council's position on Egypt's current uncertain political situation, in which the Muslim Brotherhood appears to stand on the verge of winning the presidency. "The military council is determined not to allow the ...  Read More »

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Presidential Election Results to be Announced Sunday

The final results of the presidential runoff will be announced on Sunday, said Presidential Elections Commission (PEC) Secretary General Hatem Bagato.  “There are nationwide vote-counting errors and after the appeals are considered we will recount the votes, and then the final result will be announced on ...  Read More »

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Mona El-Ghobashy on Egyptian Election and its Aftermath; Sinan Antoon Reads Mahmoud Darwish

Last Sunday, soon after polls closed in Egypt’s presidential run off election, the Supreme Council for the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued a set of constitutional amendments, which has been met with nationwide protests. The Egyptian daily newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm captured the essence of the SCAF’s latest decree with ...  Read More »

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The Egyptian Revolution, One Year On

Having toppled a dictator of thirty years in the uprisings of January and February 2011, millions of Egyptians looked ahead to a future of comprehensive change. In May 2012, they faced the disturbing prospect of choosing a new president from a list that included Mubarak’s last prime minister, and foreign minister. ...  Read More »

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Mursi, Shafiq Campaigns Both Claim Victory in Egypt Presidency Race

Both presidential campaigns – those of Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Mursi and last Mubarak-era PM Ahmed Shafiq – continue to claim victory. Final results of Egypt's contentious presidential election will likely be announced on Saturday or Sunday, according to a Wednesday statement by the ...  Read More »

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Islamists Threaten SCAF with New Revolution

The Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafis Nour Party have called on the Egyptian people to go to Tahrir Square on Friday and take part in the "Return of Legitimacy" demonstration in protest against the supplement to the Constitutional Declaration issued by the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces earlier ...  Read More »

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Egypt's Emergent Passive Revolution

One and a half years after the ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian revolutionaries returned to the streets in the first half of June 2012. The huge crowds that filled public squares throughout Egypt defy those accounts that reduce the revolutionary uprising to a naïve effort that is inadvertently paving ...  Read More »

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من وأد الإله إلى ختان الحق

المرأة ليست مهنة ولا انتماء سياسي إنها إنسانة هذا المجتمع! إن من الأمور المسكوت عنها في الثورات العربية، ولست هنا للفصل أو الكلام في جدلية التحقق والامتناع، وإن ظل الزمن يحتم السيرورة مسعى، وهي ما يوازي أو لا ينفك صلة ببعضه، في أن التحرر السياسي المتخذ صورة الدفاع عن الكرامة وإسقاط الدولة البوليسية وطلب العدالة ...  Read More »

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Latest Egyptian Presidential Vote Count [Updated]

Below is the latest vote count in the 2012 Egyptian Presidential Elections. These numbers will be updated as more information becomes available.      Read More »

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Open Letter to Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei

June 2012; Cairo Dear Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei: Happy 70th and thank you! Truly, thank you: for refusing to be part of this travesty of presidential elections, for rejecting any form of putsch or "revolutionary justice", for insisting on a sound constitution and political pluralism, for understanding ...  Read More »

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أنور عبد الملك الذي أرّقته النهضة

رحل في منفاه الباريسي عشية مفترق مفصلي في تاريخ مصر. الكاتب الماركسي ارتكز مشروعه الفكري على التوجّه شرقاً بعيداً عن وهم الغرب، وكيفية تحقيق النهضة الحضارية التي ظلّت تشغله حتى بعد «ثورة 25 يناير» وحيداً في باريس التي اختارها منفى له، رحل أنور عبد الملك (1924)، تاركاً عدداً هائلاً من المؤلفات. لا تفاصيل حول وفاته: هل ...  Read More »

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Egypt Media Roundup (June 18)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Egypt and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Egypt Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to egypt@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every ...  Read More »

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Al-Masry Al-Youm's Count: Morsy Wins Presidency with 51.13 Percent of Poll

According to Al-Masry Al-Youm's count, the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsy garnered 51.13 percent of the vote, securing the post of the president, after a fierce runoff that pushed former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq out of the race with a slim difference. Morsy gathered 12,322,549 votes, while Shafiq got ...  Read More »

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Egypt’s SCAF Forms National Defence Council Without Revealing its Duties

Egypt's ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) has formed a National Defence Council, as announced on Thursday, 14 June, in the official state gazette, which publishes any new constitutional or legislative documents when they are issued. The formation of the council was not publicised by the SCAF. The ...  Read More »

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Shafiq's Campaign Claims Candidate is Winning Egypt President Runoff with Fifty-Two Percent

In an electric atmosphere, members of Ahmed Shafiq’s campaign have said that their candidate is leading the race, frustrated with what they referred to as “facade” results of Mursi’s winning. “We’ve spotted massive violations from Mursi’s campaign, and according to our counting, our candidate is leading with ...  Read More »

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English Text of SCAF Amended Egypt Constitutional Declaration

The new addendum to the 30 March 2011 military-authored Constitutional Declaration was released late Sunday by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) in the official state gazette, which publishes any new constitutional or legislative documents when they are issued. The following amendments will apply ...  Read More »

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SCAF Expands Its Power with Constitutional Amendments

As vote counting got underway in the second and final round of Egypt's presidential election, the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) issued amendments to the Constitutional Declaration that will limit the powers of the coming president and expand the military's role, notably giving it a heavy influence over the ...  Read More »

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Electoral Violations Mar Egypt's Presidential Runoff

The first day of Egypt's presidential runoff has seen substantive reports of electoral violations on both sides of the divisive race. The supporters of Mubarak-era premier Ahmed Shafiq and the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Mursi have both found themselves accused of trying to garner votes in underhanded ...  Read More »

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Egypt's New President and the Military: Who's in Command?

An emergency meeting of the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) is expected very soon to issue an appendix to last year’s Constitutional Declaration with the objective of establishing political arrangements for the coming period. Informed sources say that SCAF leaders have held a series of intensive ...  Read More »

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Egypt Elections Watch Update





A Jadaliyya and Ahram Online Initiative

As part of the Egypt Elections Watch (EEW), Jadaliyya and Ahram Online, with the Center of Contemporary Arab Studies (Georgetown University) and the Middle East Studies Program (George Mason University) as co-sponsors, will produce articles/posts/profiles on a weekly basis, covering organizations, political parties, coalitions, relevant laws and procedures, and profiles of key individuals related to the Egyptian elections. This is in addition to news updates summarizing major developments surrounding the lead-up to the election, such as emerging or shifting alliances, new political positions, and candidacy announcements. If you have questions, comments, contributions, and/or an eye-witness account, please email us at: eew@jadaliyya.com. For a listing of EEW’s team members please click here.

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Population   82,079,636
GDP  $497.8 billion
Unemployment   9%; Youth Unemployment (ages 15-24): 24.8%
Internet Users   20.136 million (2009)
Exchange Rate  5.6124 Egyptian pounds per US dollar
GDP Growth Rate  5.1%
Military Expenditures   3.4% of GDP (World Rank: 35)
Health Expenditures  6.4% of GDP (World Rank: 94)
Population Growth Rate  1.96%
Age Structure   0-14 years: 32.7%; 15-64 years: 62.8%; 65 years and over: 4.5%
Literacy   71.4%
Religious Demographics   Muslim (mostly Sunni) 90%; Coptic 9%; other Christian 1%

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